Introducing Our New Blog Series: Shining a Light on Red Light Therapy
Updated: Jul 26, 2021
This Month's Focus: Clear Your Skin with Red Light Therapy!
We've said it before and we'll say it again: the benefits of Red Light Therapy are truly endless. This groundbreaking technology has incredible capabilities to heal you - quite literally - from head to toe!
Treating Acne From The Inside Out
What is Acne?
Acne is the #1 skin condition affecting not just millions of teenagers but an increasing number of adults as well. We spend over a billion dollars for prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) products to cure acne, yet at best these are short-term solutions. Conventional medicine deals with symptoms, so their solutions for acne include lathering on potions and lotions, and taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging medications. Functional Medicine, on the other hand, addresses the problem’s root cause.
Acne is the most common skin condition. Acne isn’t a life-threatening condition, it can be painful, particularly when it’s severe. It can also cause emotional distress. A lot of people suffer from leaky gut, food allergies and nutritional deficiencies, detoxify from mercury, reduce inflammation, and rebalance stress hormones.
My pimples vanished, the skin around my eyes cleared up, and my rashes went away (along with my disabling fatigue, brain fog, mouth sores, muscle pain and more).
We can understand that numerous factors contribute to acne, including nutritional status, stress, toxicity, bacteria, inflammation and hormonal and gut imbalances. Foods that can commonly cause acne, including sugar, starch, dairy, and processed foods. Sugar affects our microbiome and immune system.
The Most Common Myth About Acne
The most common myth about acne is that it is something that an individual will "grow out of"; that it will automatically resolve after our teenage years. While this can be true, a large number of people struggle - even intermittently - with the condition throughout their entire lives while others don't experience it until their adult years, due to hormonal changes, genetics, diet, stress, certain hair or skin products, and make-up. What's more, even following effective treatment of acne, many are left with painful reminders: acne scarring.
The key to healthy skin isn’t just dealing with the symptoms — like lathering on potions and lotions, popping and pricking pimples, or taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging medication.
Red Light Therapy: A Natural, Beneficial Answer for Your Acne
The therapeutic application of Red Light Therapy for acne involves the exposure of the skin to red and near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths of light which are absorbed at the cellular level. Here, the light triggers optimal, increased, and more efficient production of cellular energy. This boost in energy allows for your organs, tissues, and cardiovascular system to perform more optimally and release toxins. Most simply, Red Light Therapy enables your body to use its own energy more efficiently, triggering a transformative, self-healing process.
Here are 3 Key Ways Red Light Therapy Heals Your Skin...
Red Light Therapy Boosts Circulation to Fight Back at Existing Acne
At the cellular level, Red Light Therapy triggers the production of Nitric Oxide (NO), the body's natural vasodilator. What this means is that the inner muscles of your blood vessels reach a relaxed state, causing them to expand and thus welcoming increased blood flow. This boost in blood flow results in oxygen and nutrients reaching your cells more efficiently, plus, your organs can operate at their most efficient. This prompts a healing response to active, existing breakouts and better "breathability" of the skin for future concerns.
Red Light Therapy Reduces Inflammation to Prevent Acne from Forming
While excess oil, a buildup of dead skin cells, and bacteria formation are all key ingredients in the recipe for a breakout, what really causes the pesky redness, swelling, pain, and inflammation of acne is your body's immune response to those factors. Red Light Therapy improves overall bodily function, eliminating this inflammatory response that causes acne in the first place. In other words, this therapeutic treatment encourages overall better immune regulation, preventing the reddened, swollen, and often painful bodily response to infection that cause acne.
Red Light Therapy Promotes Increased Collagen Production
Acne itself can take a serious toll on our self esteem, and the scars that it can leave behind only worsen those feelings. Incredibly, one of the key benefits of increased cellular energy by Red Light Therapy is the production of collagen. A necessary part of the skin's healing process, collagen is the main structural protein found in the skin and other connective tissues. As factors like age, excessive sun exposure, smoking, and trauma to the skin deplete it over time, Red Light Therapy works to reverse those effects. It works deep below the surface of the skin, to revive and repair damaged tissue, smoothing out the overall appearance of your scars.